On today in 2001, throughout a soccer match at Accra Stadium in Ghana, an encounter amongst police and rowdy fans benefits in a stampede that kills 126 folks. This tragedy was the worst-ever sports-related disaster in Africa’s history compared to that time.
The Accra Hearts of Oak, playing at residence, have already been major within their match against archrival Asante Kotoko of Kumasi when Asante fans started tearing up seats and throwing them on the field. Police on the field responded by firing tear gas in to the crowd. The crowd, estimated at several thousands above the stated stadium capacity of 45,000, fled for the gates. However, the gates have already been locked and folks at the exits were crushed to death by the masses in it also wanting to leave.
Witnesses at the scene reported they pleaded with the authorities to avoid producing the problem any worse by spraying a lot more gas. Ebenezer Nortey, an injured fan, later mentioned It was all of the fault of the authorities. We began begging the authorities never to fire any tear gas again. ( *****************************************) went ahead. Later, anger at the authorities part in the tragedy resulted in relatives shouting anti-police slogans outdoors a morgue where in fact the dead have already been getting identified.
In the months top to the incident, there have been numerous other disasters at soccer matches in Africa. On April 11, 43 fans lost their lives in South Africa and on April 29, a stampede in the Congo killed eight people. In truth, the preceding 10 years of soccer in Africa had seen an individual disaster immediately after yet another. Most of these have been due to the overcrowding of stadiums since of rampant corruption among ticket takers, the locking of safety gates, beneath-coaching of security forces and the indiscriminate usage of tear gas. In Nigeria during the Accra disaster, tear gas was applied to soccer crowds on a weekly basis.
In the 1980s, Europe had skilled similar difficulties, which culminated on April 15, 1989, in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster where 95 folks have been killed and a lot more than 200 injured at an F.A. Cup semifinal match. Significant reforms have been instituted following that incident and big-scale disasters at soccer matches have been later largely confined to South America and Africa, wherever reforms was not implemented however.